The Brothers Grimm Lunch Break: The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm

Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, a few times a week

About the show

A few times a week, over my lunch break, I will record, edit, and publish one of the original 250 fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm and translated to English by Dr. Jack Zipes.


  • Episode 37: 36. The Magic Table, the Golden Donkey, and the Club in the Sack

    January 4th, 2012  |  24 mins 1 sec

    The Magic Table, the Golden Donkey, and the Club in the Sack: A tailor's three sons go out into the world and acquire three useful magical items. The main story is bookended with another story about an ornery goat.

  • Episode 36: 35. The Tailor in Heaven

    January 3rd, 2012  |  5 mins 57 secs

    The Tailor in Heaven: A tailor bluffs his way into heaven, where he causes trouble.

  • Episode 35: 34. Clever Else

    January 2nd, 2012  |  9 mins 2 secs

    Clever Else: A husband and wife have a clever daughter who must prove how smart she is before her suitor will marry her.

  • Episode 34: 33. The Three Languages

    December 28th, 2011  |  6 mins 57 secs

    The Three Languages: A count's son has trouble learning anything of use, but he does learn how to talk to dogs, frogs, and birds. Those skills end up coming in handy for the fellow.

  • Episode 33: 32. Clever Hans

    December 27th, 2011  |  8 mins 5 secs

    Clever Hans: A young man loses his bride by being not that bright.

  • Episode 32: 31. The Maiden Without Hands

    December 22nd, 2011  |  14 mins 27 secs

    The Maiden Without Hands: A maiden loses her hands when her father bargained her away to the devil. The girl escapes the devil and evenually marries a king. The devil continues to cause her trouble, but she eventually lives happily ever after.

  • Episode 31: 30. The Louse and the Flea

    December 21st, 2011  |  4 mins 21 secs

    The Louse and the Flea: A louse and a flea set up a happy home together, but things very quickly go wrong one day while they are brewing beer.

  • Episode 30: 29. The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs

    December 20th, 2011  |  16 mins 17 secs

    The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs: A boy is born as fortune's favorite, destined to marry the king's daughter. The king didn't care for the idea, and did what he could to prevent it. The boy ends up going to hell and back to fulfill his destiny.

  • Episode 29: 28. The Singing Bone

    December 14th, 2011  |  5 mins 43 secs

    The Singing Bone: A murdered man's bones sing the story of his betrayal.

  • Episode 28: 27. The Bremen Town Musicians

    December 13th, 2011  |  8 mins 10 secs

    The Bremen Town Musicians: A donkey, a dog, a cat, and a rooster are no longer appreciated by their human owners, so they all run off to make a new life for themselves as musicians in the town of Bremen. Along the way, they encounter a band of theives.

  • Episode 27: 26. Little Red Cap

    December 12th, 2011  |  8 mins 59 secs

    Little Red Cap: A girl known for wearing her little red hat takes a basket of treats to her grandmother's house, though the woods. A big bad wolf has other plans.

  • Episode 26: 25. The Seven Ravens

    December 7th, 2011  |  6 mins 45 secs

    The Seven Ravens: In a fit of anger, a father curses his seven sons and they turn into ravens. Their younger sister travels to the end of the earth to lift the curse.

  • Episode 25: 24. Mother Holle

    December 5th, 2011  |  7 mins 33 secs

    Mother Holle: A widow spoils her daughter, and makes her stepdaughter do all the work. The stepdaughter falls down a well and discovers the home of Mother Holle (who rules the weather). While their, her industriousness earns her a reward of gold. After re

  • Episode 24: 23. The Mouse, The Bird, and The Sausage

    December 2nd, 2011  |  5 mins 15 secs

    The Mouse, the Bird, and the Sausage: A mouse, a bird, and a sausage meet and set up house. Everything is happy until the bird gets convinced he's being taken advantage of. He tries for a different arrangement with disasterous results.

  • Episode 23: 22. The Riddle

    December 2nd, 2011  |  8 mins 7 secs

    The Riddle: A prince travels the world, and along the way defeats a witch and a band of muderers. He uses the experience to win the hand of a princess via a riddle contest.

  • Episode 22: 21. Cinderella

    December 1st, 2011  |  15 mins 32 secs

    Cinderella: The familiar story of a girl marrying a prince, despite her evil step-sisters doing their best to keep her down. This original version is a bit more bloody than the one you may know, however.